Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne and Quvenzhane Wallis Talk ANNIE, the Fun Shoot, Collaborating with Will Gluck, Embarrassing Moments on Set, and More

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Now playing in theaters is Will Gluck‘s modern reimagining of the Broadway classic Annie.  The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move.  The film also stars Rose ByrneBobby CannavaleAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas.  For more on Annie, watch the trailer, five clips and eleven minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or read Matt’s review.

At the New York City press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne and Quvenzhane Wallis.  They talked about collaborating with Will Gluck, how much fun they had making the film, embarrassing moments on set, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Watch 5 Clips and 11 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage From ANNIE

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Sony Pictures has released five clips and more than ten minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from Will Gluck‘s modern reimagining of the Broadway classic Annie.  The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) as the spunky, street-smart title character, a foster kid living with the cruel Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) until she’s taken in by the hard-nosed New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move.  There’s an undeniable cheese factor to Annie, but there’s also no doubt Quvenzhané Wallis can carry a film, and it’s nice to see Jamie Foxx loosen up a bit.  As someone who grew up on the original I’m excited to hear what they do with play’s poppy musical numbers, especially given Jay Z‘s involvement as producer.

Hit the jump to check out the new clips from Annie and get a behind-the-scenes look at the on-set hijinks.  The film also stars Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and David ZayasAnnie opens in theaters December 19th.

New ANNIE Trailer featuring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale

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Will Gluck’s rendition of Annie looks cheesy to the max, but there’s just something about that story and those songs that’s undeniably appealing and packs the power to put a smile on your face regardless of flat humor and tacky dialogue.  Plus, this latest trailer has little to no Cameron Diaz in it and that definitely works to the piece’s benefit.

We’ll get to see what Quvenzhané Wallis is capable of post-Beasts of the Southern Wild when Annie hits theaters on December 19th.  The film also stars Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and David Zayas.  Hit the jump to check out the new Annie trailer.

NEIGHBORS Blu-ray Review

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Seth Rogen’s acting career took off fifteen years ago when he was cast in Freaks and Geeks, and over the last ten years he’s become a movie star.  And though he’s nowhere near finished, one gets the sense that if Rogen ever had a wild period, he’s past it (it seems his biggest public faux pas is making a film like The Guilt Trip).  He’s married, he’s a successful writer, producer, actor and director, and though he still has a bit of a baby face, he’s no longer capable of playing schlubby twenty-something losers, and it seems that he’s intentionally moving away from those types.  Neighbors, as directed by Nick Stoller, suggests that though Rogen still has some of that party animal in him, he’s also transitioned into being an adult both onscreen and off.  My Neighbors Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Review

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[This is a re-post of my This Is Where I Leave You review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  The film opens in theaters nationwide today.]

Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans, or so the saying goes.  There are some trite phrases that, while clichéd, kind of ring true, and in the case of This Is Where I Leave You, director Shawn Levy’s adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel of the same name, the Altman family has certainly seen better days.  The patriarch’s dying wish was to have his entire family sit shiva for seven days to mourn his death, and when the Altman clan reunites to fulfill his request, old wounds are opened, past relationships are rekindled, and all are reminded that this isn’t exactly how they envisioned their lives turning out.  Buoyed by a stellar ensemble and a standout performance from Adam Driver, Levy mostly succeeds in bringing Tropper’s novel to the screen with plenty of humor, heart, and sentiment.  While Levy goes overboard with the schmaltz here and there and a couple of the storylines are undercooked, the film’s mix of sincerity and biting humor is ultimately a swell combination.

ADULT BEGINNERS Review | TIFF 2014

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Though the duo have nothing to do with the film beyond an executive producer credit, Adult Beginners definitely feels as though it falls within the brand of Mark and Jay Duplass.  It’s a humble little comedy about awkward adults struggling with that whole, “living in the world” thing that leaps from comedy to drama so frequently and smoothly that they start to feel like the same thing.  Ambitions aren’t particularly high.  It’s not a movie trying to change the world.  However, it is a warm, charming, and insightful little comedy with some wonderful central performances that’ll slap a smile on your face without insulting your intelligence.  That might not sound like much, but it’s also a surprisingly rare treat, so the movie is very much worthwhile. 

TIFF 2014 Acquisitions: TOP FIVE, BEFORE WE GO, STILL ALICE, PAWN SACRIFICE and More

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The Toronto International Film Festival is starting to wrap up, so we’ve got quite a few sales to report.  Here’s what’s coming at a glance:

  • RADiUS took the US rights to Adult Beginners starring Rose Byrne.
  • RADiUS also snatched up the US rights to Chris EvansBefore We Go.
  • Sony Pictures Classics closed a deal for the Julianne Moore-starrer, Still Alice.
  • Saban Films picked up the US rights to American Heist with Hayden Christensen.
  • Bleecker Street snagged Pawn Sacrifice starring Tobey Maguire.
  • Paramount put up $12.5 million for Chris Rock’s Top Five.

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The ANNIE Poster and the GOOD KILL Poster Have One Thing in Common

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The color red.  Sony Pictures has released a new Annie poster that features the film’s cast (after a teaser poster a few months back that only displayed the tagline).  The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move.  The film also stars Rose ByrneBobby CannavaleAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas.  Annie opens on December 19th

You can also check out the teaser poster for Good Kill, the new film from writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) starring Ethan Hawke.  I didn’t love Niccol’s last film In Time, but I’m a fan of most of his other work so I’m really pulling for this one.  Good Kill premieres tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Hit the jump for the posters.

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Review | TIFF 2014

by     Posted 106 days ago

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Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans, or so the saying goes.  There are some trite phrases that, while clichéd, kind of ring true, and in the case of This Is Where I Leave You, director Shawn Levy’s adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel of the same name, the Altman family has certainly seen better days.  The patriarch’s dying wish was to have his entire family sit shiva for seven days to mourn his death, and when the Altman clan reunites to fulfill his request, old wounds are opened, past relationships are rekindled, and all are reminded that this isn’t exactly how they envisioned their lives turning out.  Buoyed by a stellar ensemble and a standout performance from Adam Driver, Levy mostly succeeds in bringing Tropper’s novel to the screen with plenty of humor, heart, and sentiment.  While Levy goes overboard with the schmaltz here and there and a couple of the storylines are undercooked, the film’s mix of sincerity and biting humor is ultimately a swell combination.

Over 45 High-Resolution THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Images Featuring Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Corey Stoll, Adam Driver and Many, Many More

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You know what happens when you’ve got a movie starring Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam Driver, Corey StollJane FondaRose ByrneKathryn HahnConnie BrittonTimothy OlyphantDebra Monk and Abigail Spencer?  You’re going to need a lot of images to promote it and, sure enough, we just over 45 new ones for Shawn Levy’s adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s novel, This Is Where I Leave You. 

This one made Adam’s Most Anticipated Movies: July to September list and it’s no wonder; not only is the film’s trailer oozing with famous faces and cast chemistry, but it’s also just a total feel-good, crowd-pleaser.  We’ll have to wait until it hits theaters on September 19th to see the film in full, but in the meantime, enjoy 45 This Is Where I Leave You images after the jump.

It’s Still a Hard-Knock Life in New ANNIE Trailer Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz, and Jamie Foxx

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Sony Pictures has released new Annie trailer.  The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move.  I want to be excited for this movie, it’s got a good cast, and I enjoyed director Will Gluck‘s Easy A, but the trailers are falling flat for me.  The jokes aren’t landing, and it seems like it’s trying too hard to update the classic musical.  But with its holiday release date, I’m holding on to the hope that it will be a crowd-pleaser.

Hit the jump to check out the new Annie trailer.  The film also stars Rose ByrneBobby CannavaleAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas.  Annie opens on December 19th.

First THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Trailer Features a Grieving Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Adam Driver

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Warner Bros. has released the first This Is Where I Leave You trailer for director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel.  The story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  This movie throws a lot of talented actors together, and it looks like they’re playing off each other wonderfully.  I was smiling throughout this trailer, and I’m glad that there appears to be so much chemistry among this amazing cast.

Hit the jump to watch the This Is Where I Leave You trailer.  The film stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Jane FondaRose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Ben Schwartz, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Lazar, Debra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax ShepardThis Is Where I Leave You opens on September 12th.

“A Very Groovy Mutation”: Matt Revisits X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

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[With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening on Friday, I'm taking a look back at the X-Men movie franchise.  These reviews contain spoilers.]

As I said in my X-Men: The Last Stand review, Professor X and Magneto were the pillars of the franchise’s narrative.  X-Men Origins: Wolverine wasn’t an outright flop, but it certainly underperformed, and combined with the scathing reviews from fans and critics, the X-Men franchise wisely returned to a central problem about how to fight persecution—with peace or with fury? Then they brought these characters to the forefront, and wrapped the subtext in a movie with vibrant visuals, humor, charming performances, and terrific action.  By going back to the beginning in more ways than one, X-Men: First Class was giving the X-Men franchise a fresh start.

First Look at Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, and Many More in THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

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The first This Is Where I Leave You image has landed online for director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel.  The story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  The fantastic ensemble cast of the comedic drama is led by Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Cory Stoll, and Adam Driver as the Foxman siblings, with Jane Fonda playing their psychologist mother.  I’ve read the book and it’s a sharply comedic and rather emotional chronicle of this relatable, dysfunctional family, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how Levy and his cast bring the story to life—especially with Tropper penning the script himself.

Hit the jump to check out the full cast in the debut This Is Where I Leave You image.  The film also stars Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Corey Stoll, Connie Britton, Ben Schwartz, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Lazar, Debra Monk, and the not-pictured Abigail Spencer and Dax ShepardThis Is Where I Leave You opens on September 12th.

Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne Talk NEIGHBORS, Working with Nicholas Stoller, the Way They Like to Improvise, and More

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All week I’ve said it and I’ll say it again: director Nicholas Stoller’s Neighbors is an extremely funny movie filled with laugh-out-loud sequences.  You should definitely see it this weekend in a crowded theater.  If you haven’t seen the trailers or read our previous coverage, the film stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a married couple with a newborn baby who must deal with a fraternity—fronted by Zac Efron—when it moves in next door.  Neighbors also stars Dave FrancoChristopher Mintz-PlasseJake JohnsonIke Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Jerrod Carmichael, and Lisa Kudrow.  For more on Neighbors, read Matt’s review.

At the New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne.  They talked about how much of their improvisation is done in the moment and how much is thought about in advance, what it was like working with Nicholas Stoller, why they filmed in L.A., the rehearsal process for the film, what it was like for Byrne co-starring with the producer, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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