New to Blu-ray: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, BROKEN CITY, STRICTLY BALLROOM and More

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Here’s a brief look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

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Weekend Box Office: THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Stays Well Ahead of New Christmas Offerings

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hobbit-unexpected-journey-movie-image-martin-freeman-slice-01After coasting on holdovers for weeks, Hollywood studios have unleashed a feast of new features: just in time for Christmas. Even with all the competition, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey had no trouble staying in first place with an estimated $36.7 million. Jack Reacher placed second, but with less than half The Hobbit’s total. And with Les Miserables and Django Unchained on deck for Christmas Day, it looks like more than one new title will have a hard time distinguishing itself from the holiday crowd.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Hobbit $36,705,000 $149.8
2.  Jack Reacher $15,600,000 $15.6
3.  This is 40 $12,030,000 $12
4.  Rise of the Guardians $5,900,000 $79.6
5.  Lincoln $5,633,000 $116.7
6.  The Guilt Trip $5,390,000 $7.4
7.  Monsters, Inc. 3D $5,040,000 $6.5
8.  Skyfall $4,700,000 $279.9
9.  Life of Pi $3,800,000 $76.1
10.  Breaking Dawn Part 2 $2,600,000 $281.6

Friday Box Office: THE HOBBIT Continues to Dominate; JACK REACHER Solid in Second; THIS IS 40 in Third

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‘Tis the season for lots of movies, fa la la la… oh, you know the rest. Always a crowded period, this holiday season saw Hollywood’s major releases packed into just a seven day span – leaving The Hobbit plenty of room to grow into a blockbuster. Part one of Peter Jackson’s trilogy ended its first week with $113.2 million in the US, and added another $10.1 million (estimated) to that total yesterday. Despite an onslaught of new titles – including Jack Reacher and This is 40 on Friday – An Unexpected Journey is expected to stay on top until Christmas Day, when Les Miserables has a chance to unseat it.

Here’s a look at Friday’s top five:

Title Friday Total
1.  The Hobbit $10,170,000 $123.3
2.  Jack Reacher $5,100,000 $5.1
3.  This is 40 $3,700,000 $3.7
4.  Rise of the Guardians 41,566,000 $75.3
5.  The Guilt Trip $1,493,000 $3.5

Director Anne Fletcher Talks THE GUILT TRIP, Courting Barbra Streisand, the Mother-Son Relationship on Film, Benefits of Test Screenings and Future Projects

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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, director Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, Step Up) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what appealed to her about the script, the courting process to get Barbra Streisand to sign on, why the mother-son relationship isn’t often explored on film, how the test screening process helped shape the tone and jokes, and the biggest challenges of doing a movie about a cross-country road trip when you never actually leave Los Angeles.  She also talked about what else she currently has in development, the challenges of doing a holiday movie (Alone for the Holidays) that you hope people will want to return to every year, her desire to reunite with Sandra Bullock for a couple different projects, and how her background as a dancer and choreographer has worked to her benefit.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

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

by     Posted 1 year, 121 days ago

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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.

THE GUILT TRIP Review

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The most remarkable thing about The Guilt Trip is how it’s surprisingly funny despite being undoubtedly safe.  Anne Fletcher‘s comedy has a straightforward premise and never does anything to make the audience exceedingly uncomfortable.  Humor usually rests on the unexpected—if we know the punchline, the joke tends to flop, but The Guilt Trip finds its strength in execution.  Thanks to the great chemistry between stars Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand, you may know where The Guilt Trip is headed, but it’s still a charming and enjoyable ride.

Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen Talk THE GUILT TRIP, Meeting for the First Time, Identifying with the Script, What Convinced Streisand to Sign On, 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.

During a press conference to promote the film’s December 19th theatrical release, Seth Rogen talked about sussing his co-star out before filming, how he approached playing the role, how crazy his own mother drives him and cracking up on set, while Barbra Streisand talked about what ultimately convinced her to take this role, how she most identified with her character, how she feels about being labeled as a gay icon, what gives her the greatest artistic satisfaction, the most challenging scene, what she hopes audiences will take from the film, and which technologies she’d like to consider using, if and when she ever directs again.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Two New Clips from THE GUILT TRIP Starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand

by     Posted 1 year, 130 days ago

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We’ve got two new clips to share with you from the mother of all road trip movies: The Guilt Trip, starring Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express) and Barbra Streisand (The Prince of Tides). Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal), the Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love) script centers on an L.A.-based inventor (Rogen) who takes his recently-widowed mother (Streisand) on the road with him for a business trip in which he hopes to sell his latest idea and help rekindle his mother’s love life. The Guilt Trip opens December 19th. Hit the jump to check out the clips.

ZERO DARK THIRTY Debuts in December, Opens Wide in January; New Release Dates for RIDE ALONG, THE GUILT TRIP, STAND UP GUYS, GETAWAY and More

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Check out a slew of new release dates below:

  • Zero Dark Thirty, from director Kathryn Bigelow and starring Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton, will now open in L.A. and New York on December 19th, with a wide release on January 11th, 2013.
  • Ride Along, the cop-centered action comedy starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and John Leguizamo, will open January 17th, 2014.
  • The Guilt Trip, directed by Anne Fletcher and starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogan as mother and son, now avoids Christmas crowds by opening almost a week earlier on December 19th, 2012.
  • Stand Up Guys, from director Fisher Stevens and starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, has been pushed back to February 1st, 2013.
  • Getaway, starring Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and Jon Voight, now opens August 30th, 2013.
  • Closed Circuit, the John Crowley thriller starring Rebecca Hall, Eric Bana and Jim Broadbent, now opens August 28th, 2013.

Hit the jump for more on each of these pictures.

First Trailer for THE GUILT TRIP Starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand

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The first trailer for the road trip comedy The Guilt Trip has been released.  The film stars Seth Rogen as an inventor who sets out on a business trip with his mother (Barbra Streisand) in tow.  The trailer actually doesn’t look half-bad, with Rogen and Streisand showing off some promising chemistry.  There are a few solid jokes, and I appreciate the sweet emotional backbone that grounds the story in lieu of just having Rogen and Streisand go on a road trip with “zany adventures.”  Rogen’s familial situation isn’t uncommon (I can definitely relate), and it looks to be a nice foundation for the film’s story.  In the event that your family isn’t keen on seeing Django Unchained  this Christmas, The Guilt Trip doesn’t sound like a terrible compromise.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal),  the film also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Scott, and Danny PudiThe Guilt Trip opens on December 25th.

First Poster for THE GUILT TRIP Starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand

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The first poster for director Anne Fletcher’s (The Proposal) road trip comedy The Guilt Trip has been released.  The film stars Seth Rogen as an inventor who sets out on a business trip with his mother (Barbra Streisand) in tow.  Unbeknownst to her, Rogen plans on reuniting his mother with a long lost love.  We saw the first clip from the film last week, and it looks like a rather promising family comedy.  Rogen will appeal to younger moviegoers, while parents will be eager to check out the new movie from Babs.  The trailer is set to debut tomorrow, so we’ll have a better idea of the pic’s tone then.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  The film also stars Adam ScottYvonne Strahovski, Colin Hanks, Danny Pudi, Dale Dickey, and Kathy NajimyThe Guilt Trip opens on Christmas Day.

First Clip from THE GUILT TRIP Starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand

by     Posted 1 year, 206 days ago

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Though we have yet to see a trailer for the film, the first clip from The Guilt Trip has been released.  Written by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), the comedy stars Seth Rogen as an inventor who sets out on a business trip with his mother (Barbra Streisand) in tow.  Unbeknownst to her, Rogen plans on reuniting his mother with a long lost love.  This clip features Rogen trying to convince his mother to accompany him on the 8-day road trip without giving away his true intentions.  There’s not really enough footage here to judge the comedic pairing of Rogen and Streisand, but the clip definitely shows promise.  Moreover, the supporting cast of Adam ScottYvonne Strahovski, Colin Hanks, and Danny Pudi is encouraging.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal), the film also stars Dale Dickey and Kathy NajimyThe Guilt Trip opens on Christmas Day.

Ari Graynor Talks FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL…

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In For A Good Time Call, Ari Graynor stars as Katie Steele – one half of the odd-couple roommates who venture out into the phone sex trade.  Graynor is the ‘Walter Matthau’ of the duo: brash, loud, wild – in stark contrast to Lauren Miller’s posh stuck-up ‘Lemmon’ Lauren Powell.  But underneath Katie’s façade of wild and licentious debaucheries, lurks someone far more innocent and naïve than appearances would suggest.  Graynor – who has previously cut her filmography with supporting roles in comedies like Nick and Norah’s Playlist, The Sitter and Whip It, here takes center stage and more than acquits herself.  Graynor’s fun, bubbly demeanor serves the lite bubble-gum comedy well and she is equally as engaged and fun to talk to in person.

In the following interview with Graynor, she discusses balancing her role as actor and producer, her creative input on the film and working with Barbara Streisand on the upcoming The Guilt Trip.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

First Look at Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand in THE GUILT TRIP

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The first image from the road trip comedy The Guilt Trip (formerly My Mother’s Curse) has landed online.  Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal), the film stars Seth Rogen as an inventor who sets out on a business trip with his mother (Barbra Streisand) in tow.  The comedy boasts a script from Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) and also stars Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) and Danny Pudi (Community).  This first image isn’t much, but I’m interested to see how the interaction between Rogen and Streisand plays out.  Moreover, this will probably be the movie you see with your family on Christmas Day unless you have super cool parents/grandparents who are down with Django Unchained.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The Guilt Trip opens on December 25th.

Colin Hanks and John Stalberg Talk HIGH SCHOOL, Stoner Comedies, Directing and Comparing Filmmaking to Parenthood

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Co-written and directed by John Stalberg, High School focuses on soon-to-be valedictorian Henry Burke (Matthew Bush) who smokes pot for the first time, then discovers that a mandatory drug test has been scheduled at school.  He teams up with his stoner friend Breaux (Sean Marquette) to make sure everyone fails.  Together they spike the school’s bake sale brownies with high-powered ganja stolen from law-student-turned-drug-, Psycho Ed (Adrien Brody).  Their half-baked plan goes up in smoke when Psycho Ed realizes his prized stash has been used to get everyone in the school stoned out of their minds.

At the press day for High School, we sat down for a roundtable interview with actor Colin Hanks and director John Stalberg to talk about their recent collaboration and how they set about turning the concept of a stoner comedy on its head.  Hanks described what attracted him to the role, what the directing process was like, why Psycho Ed has got nothing on Male Page, and his upcoming film, The Guilt Trip, and his plans to direct a documentary. Stalberg, an expectant father, compared delivering a film on time and on budget to impending parenthood and revealed his collaboration with Richard Kelly on Owen’s Manual and the possibility of a High School sequel called Juvie. Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

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