SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD Blu-ray Review

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World came out in the middle of summer and died a quick death, even though it starred Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. It’s likely the subject matter, which is inherently bleak. Because, even if the film pulls a last minute switcheroo, the set up is that the world’s going to end, which makes audiences question their own mortality. But though the filmmaking is simply adequate, the premise and performers make the movie an interesting visit. Our review of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, BLADE RUNNER Collector’s Edition, MAGIC MIKE and More

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This week on Blu-ray, the revisionist Abraham Lincoln story comes to Blu, Blade Runner gets a 30th Anniversary edition upgrade, and Steven Soderbergh’s seriously great “male stripper movie” comes to home video.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for all the details

SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD Giveaway

by     Posted 2 years, 116 days ago

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We cannot give you a friend for the end of the world, but we can give you some swag related to Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, now in theaters. Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Rob Corddry, Derek Luke, Melanie Lynskey, William Petersen, Gillian Jacobs, T.J. Miller, Patton Oswalt, Bob Stephenson, and Mark Moses star in the dramedy that “explores what people will do when humanity’s last days are at hand.”  Hit the jump to see what we’re giving away and how to enter.

Weekend Box Office – BRAVE the Easy Winner with $66.7 Million; ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER Third with $16.5 Million

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This weekend’s box office turned out to be pretty predictable. Brave, the thirteenth feature from fan-favorite Pixar studios, came out on top with an estimated $66.7 million from 4,127 locations. Easy to see that one coming. More of a question mark was Fox’s R-rated counter-programmer Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Many expected the film to crash in epic fashion; and while $16.5 million from 3,106 locations is not great, it is better than Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy managed last weekend so… yay?

Title Weekend Total
1 Brave $66,700,000 $66.7
2 Madagascar 3 $20,200,000 $157.5
3 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter $16,500,000 $16.5
4 Prometheus $10,000,000 $108.5
5 Snow White & the Huntsman $8,012,000 $137
6 Rock of Ages $8,000,000 $28.7
7 That’s My Boy $7,900,000 $28.1
8 The Avengers $7,040,000 $598.2
9 Men in Black 3 $5,600,000 $163.3
10 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World $3,836,000 $3.8

Patton Oswalt & Rob Corddry Talk SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, Improv, How They Prepare for a Role, and More

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Earlier this week I got to speak with Patton Oswalt & Rob Corddry for Lorene Scafaria‘s offbeat romantic comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.  The film focuses on two neighbors (played by Steve Carell and Keira Knightley) who bond during a road trip as they both try to reconnect with lost loves and family before a meteor destroys the Earth.  In the film, Oswalt and Corddry play two of the offbeat characters they meet along the way.  For more on the film, click here for seven clips.

During the interview Oswalt and Corddry talked about how they made the characters their own, improv, how they prepare for their roles, future projects like Michael Bay‘s Pain and Gain and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

TOP 5: THE MASTER Trailer, BRAVE, Cinemath, SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

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Earlier this week I literally dreamed about The Dark Knight Rises. Not that I was in the movie. Not that I was Batman. Just that I was in the theater watching it for the first time. And I woke up with a sense of joy that followed me around for hours. Even now I can’t decide exactly what this says about me or whether it’s a good or bad thing that I’m so excited for a single moviegoing experience. Part of me is a little disappointed in my subconscious for dreaming on such a micro level. Another part is encouraged that it finds such joy in the “little things”. Regardless, those precious two hours and forty-five minutes or so on midnight of July 20th can’t get here soon enough.

All personal issues aside, this week’s iteration of the Top 5 includes the new trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master, Brave interviews with John Lasseter, director Mark Andrews and more, Brendan’s latest Cinemath feature, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World interviews with Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and more, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter interviews with Tim Burton and co. The search for a brief recap and link to each concludes after the jump.

Gillian Jacobs & T.J. Miller Talk SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, Deleted Scenes, Improv, and More

by     Posted 2 years, 121 days ago

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Earlier this week I got to speak with Gillian Jacobs & T.J. Miller for Lorene Scafaria‘s offbeat romantic comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.  The film focuses on two neighbors (played by Steve Carell and Keira Knightley) who bond during a road trip as they both try to reconnect with lost loves and family before a meteor destroys the Earth.  In the film, Jacobs and Miller play two of the offbeat characters they meet along the way.  For more on the film, click here for seven clips.

During the interview Jacobs and Miller talked about how they made the characters their own, improv, how they prepare for their roles, future projects like How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD Review

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How would you react if the world was only a few weeks away from being smashed apart by a meteor?  The politically-correct answer would be: “Spend time with family and friends,” which would be true for some people.  But a more honest answer might be: “Do loads of heroin, sleep with everything that moves, and go out in a blaze of hedonistic glory.”  There are other options as well, and writer-director Lorene Scafaria attempts to explore them in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.  The problem is that she doesn’t know how to explore them.  The film does a wonderful job putting the audience in the mindset of staring at the world’s end, but tonally the film never quite manages to balance its darker elements with an upbeat romantic comedy.  The film desperately needs an emotional anchor, but it’s sadly adrift with no chemistry between the lead actors.

Steve Carell Talks SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, Balancing the Film’s Tone, His Apocalypse Soundtrack, ANCHORMAN 2, and More

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A couple weeks ago, Focus Features gave us the opportunity to attend the press junket for Lorene Scafaria‘s offbeat romantic comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.  The film focuses on two neighbors (played by Steve Carell and Keira Knightley) who bond during a road trip as they both try to reconnect with lost loves and family before a meteor destroys the Earth.  For more on the film, click here for seven clips.

During my on-camera interview with Carell, we talked about what attracted him to the project, what about the script resonated with him, balancing the film’s humorous and melancholy aspects, and the songs on his apocalypse soundtrack.  He also provided a brief update on Anchorman 2.  Hit the jump to check out the interview, click here for my interview with Knightley, and click here for my interview with Scafaria.  Seeking a Friend for the End of the World opens Friday.

Keira Knightley Talks SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, Her Attraction to the Script, Her Apocalypse Soundtrack, ANNA KARENINA, and More

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A couple weeks ago, Focus Features gave us the opportunity to attend the press junket for Lorene Scafaria‘s offbeat romantic comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.  The film focuses on two neighbors (played by Steve Carell and Keira Knightley) who bond during a road trip as they both try to reconnect with lost loves and family before a meteor destroys the Earth.  For more on the film, click here for seven clips.

During my on-camera interview with Knightely, we talked about what attracted her to the project, what she took away from the script, how her character’s musical tastes overlap with her own, and what songs would be on her apocalypse soundtrack.  She also provided a brief update on what we might expect to see from her next film, Anna Karenina (click here to check out the trailer and poster).  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Seeking a Friend for the End of the World opens Friday.

Writer-Director Lorene Scafaria Talks SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, Reactions to the Apocalypse, Making Her Directing Debut, and More

by     Posted 2 years, 124 days ago

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A couple weeks ago, Focus Features gave us the opportunity to attend the press junket for Lorene Scafaria‘s offbeat romantic comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.  The film focuses on two neighbors (played by Steve Carell and Keira Knightley) who bond during a road trip as they both try to reconnect with lost loves and family before a meteor destroys the Earth.  For more on the film, click here for seven clips.

During my on-camera interview with Scafaria, we spoke about how she came up with the diverse reactions her characters would have to the apocalypse, what we can expect to see on the Blu-ray/DVD, the experience of making her directorial debut, and what scene made her decide to direct in costume.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Seeking a Friend for the End of the World opens Friday.

7 Clips from SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD Starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley

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Focus Features has released seven clips from Lorene Scafaria‘s dark romantic comedy Seeing a Friend for the End of the World.  The movie takes place a few weeks before a meteor wipes out all life on Earth, and mild-mannered Dodge (Steve Carell) strikes up a friendship with his neighbor Penny (Keira Knightley) as the two go on a road-trip to find Dodge’s true love and get Penny back home to see her parents.  Along the way, they meet a cast of colorful characters and situations as people react differently to the coming apocalypse.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  The film also stars stars Adam Brody, Derek Luke, Melanie Lynskey, T.J. Miller, Patton Oswalt, Rob Heubel, Connie Britton, Gillian Jacobs, Rob Corddry, and Melinda DillonSeeking a Friend for the End of the World opens Friday.

2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Line-Up Announced, Featuring World Premieres of MAGIC MIKE and Dreamworks Pictures’ PEOPLE LIKE US

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The line-up for 2012′s Los Angeles Film Festival has been announced and, as expected, Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love will kick things off.  LAFF 2012 will also feature the world premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike to close out the festivities.  Between those two screenings, the world premiere of Dreamworks Pictures’ People Like Us will also be featured, along with screenings of Lorene Scafaria’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere and Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild. The festival runs from June 14th to the 24th at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles for its 18th annual showing.  Hit the jump to see more of what you can expect from the eclectic mix of films at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival.

New Images from the Keira Knightley Movies ANNA KARENINA and SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

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New images from the Keira Knightley movies Anna Karenina and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World have gone online.  Knightley plays the title character in Joe Wright‘s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy‘s classic tome about late 19th-century Russian society.  Seeking a Friend is far more light-hearted fare, and has Knightley playing a woman who sets out on a road-trip with a guy (Steve Carell) who’s trying to find his high-school sweetheart during Earth’s final days (it doesn’t sound light-hearted, but you can see from the trailer that it’s a comedy).

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Anna Karenina opens November 9th.  Seeking a Friend for the End of the World opens June 22nd

Collider’s Most Anticipated 2012 Movies: April to June

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Earlier this year, we here at Collider brought you our most anticipated films of the first quarter.  2012 has gotten off to a promising start with more than a few gems, and now it’s time to look to the next three months of the year.  Matt, Adam, Brendan, and Dave have each picked their top five films for the next installment of our Most Anticipated series, providing a brief explanation for why these films are on our radar and what has us excited.  Hit the jump to check out our picks, along with information on the cast and plot for each film.

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