Even if you take away his two Muppet movies, writer/director James Bobin is a guy you want to talk to. He helped shape Sacha Baron Cohen’s legendary Da Ali G Show and the HBO show Flight of the Conchords, and is helming the next Disney Alice in Wonderland film, Alice Through the Looking Glass. He also helped bring The Muppets back to the big screen in the 2012 hit and co-wrote and directed this week’s hilarious sequel, Muppets Most Wanted. This James Bobin fellow has it going pretty well.
We were lucky enough to speak to Bobin and discussed a myriad of topics. In addition to an Alice tease, we discussed the self-referential nature of Muppets Most Wanted, having to change elements of the story when songs have already been finished, the canon of the Muppets, the rules for shooting and working with the Muppets, action sequences, dance and much more. If you’re a fan of the Muppets, or filmmaking in general, I think there’s a lot to learn here. Read our full interview below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, December 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
2011’s Rio was entirely founded on the premise that Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) were the only blue macaws left in the entire world. The whole reason Blu left his comfy Minnesota home was to meet and mate with Jewel, lest their species die out altogether.
But maybe Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) isn’t such a great ornithologist after all, because in Rio 2 it turns out that there are others of their kind out there in the jungle. A whole flock of ’em, in fact. And unfortunately for Blu, that crowd includes Jewel’s dad Eduardo (Andy Garcia) and her handsome ex-boyfriend Roberto (Bruno Mars). Watch the newest full-length trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
The first Rio saw Blu, the Jesse Eisenberg-iest tropical parrot of all time, thrown completely out of his element when he was moved from Moose Lake, Minnesota to the colorful streets of Rio de Janeiro. He eventually managed to acclimate to his new surroundings (um, spoiler alert, I guess), but the second will see him feeling like a fish out of water once again as he heads into the jungle.
At least he’s starting out with more friends this time around. Anne Hathaway returns to voice Blu’s love Jewel, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, and will.i.am their avian buddies, and Tracy Morgan the friendly canine Luiz. Unfortunately for the gang, Jemaine Clement is also set to reprise his role as the villainous Nigel. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
After Anne Hathaway picks up her statue for Best Supporting Actress (Nate Silver said it would happen, so it must be true), she’ll be heading to the sunny beaches of Brazil. Or at least, she’ll be heading to a recording booth where she’ll pretend to be on the sunny beaches of Brazil.
Fox announced today that Hathaway will reprise her role for Rio 2, along with most of her Rio co-stars including Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, and George Lopez. They’ll joined by several new cast members as well, including Andy Garcia, Kristin Chenoweth, Bruno Mars, and Janelle Monáe. Learn more about the casting and plot details after the jump.
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Men in Black 3, which opens in May, has a convoluted history. Conceptualized back during the production of the second film, MiB3 started to shoot last year, but began rolling cameras with a script that was only partially finished, and a schedule that featured an extensive break to work out how the last two thirds of the movie would go.
That led to some unpredictable PR for the movie, and Sony has been trying to assure audiences that the third outing of Agents J and K (Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, with Josh Brolin as the young K) will play in the same cartoonishly entertaining manner of the first film.
Director Barry Sonnenfeld is starting to promote the sequel, and in a new interview he inadvertently sheds some light on one of the difficulties that might have faced this particular script: it had to not only do something new with the characters, deal with time travel and wrap up a loose story that had spanned three films. It also has designs on setting up an all-new series of films. Read More »
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If a film studio can’t bring in audiences to a slick-looking, 3D animated film starring animals with famous voices, they might as well hand over their keys. Making kids movies is like printing money; even the bad ones are usually successful in some way. That makes it tough to gauge just how big a role the marketing played in it.
For example, on April 15 Blue Sky is releasing Rio directed by Carlos Saldanha, who has done Ice Age, Robots, Ice Age: Meltdown, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs for the CG animation house. It features characters voiced by Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Mann, Jemaine Clement, George Lopez, Jake T. Austin, Will.I.Am and is about a rare bird (Eisenberg) who finds out there’s one other bird in the world like him, and she’s female (Hathaway), so he travels to Rio de Janeiro to win her heart.
While the main characters are important, side characters regularly make these movies and that’s what these new character posters focus on. The question remains, will posters like this make much of a difference? Check them out and let us know. Read More »
Deadline has learned that Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually, Nanny McPhee) has joined Men in Black III, the 3D sequel to Barry Sonenfeld‘s two action/comedy/alien movies. She joins the previously announced cast which includes Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Jemaine Clement and Josh Brolin. No word on what role Thompson will play in the new film. Thompson is probably too old to play Brolin’s romantic interest, and likely too young to play Jones’ wife/girlfriend. So it is likely her role is something else entirely.
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We’ve slowly been getting details on the story ideas behind Men in Black III, the 3D sequel to Barry Sonenfeld‘s two action/comedy/alien movies. Some of what we already know is probably in spoiler territory, and now new stuff has come to light that probably extends that territory further. But we’ve broken things down after the break so you can get safe details easily, and only read the full setup if you’re not worried about losing whatever surprise might be in store. Read More »
Nope, that’s not a still from an unlikely adaptation of Haruki Murakami‘s novel A Wild Sheep Chase, though I might actually love to see Steve Carell play the nameless protagonist of that story and Jemaine Clement the very odd Sheep Man he encounters at a remote homestead.
No, that’s a new still from Dinner for Schmucks, and I’m mainly pointing it out because, the more I think about it, I actually do really like the idea of a Carell / Clement pairing based on Murakami. But I suppose I’ll take Dinner for Schmucks instead. We briefly saw Clement in this getup in the film’s second trailer, which nicely summarized the conceit of a bunch of rich jerks who invite ‘idiots’ to dinner to make fun of them, and the ambitious young exec (Paul Rudd) who is caught up in the scenario.
This photo is part of a collection of new images over at MTV, a couple of which bolster the image of the film as a collection of insane characters. (It’s also a remake of a French comedy, Le Diner de Cons, but shhh. Don’t tell anyone.) See the full image after the break. Read More »