Mr. Popper’s Penguins is based on a well-liked kids’ book, and so it shouldn’t be any surprise at all that the first trailer for the film makes it look like a film that the kids will love (maybe?) and everyone else will doze through. Jim Carrey stars as an uptight New York businessman who is given a bunch of penguins, the better to teach him about living life to the fullest, or something along those lines. Check out the trailer, which comes complete with a Carrey/penguin performance of ‘Ice Ice Baby,’ after the break. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
20th Century Fox has released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of the Newbery-winning children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Freaky Friday, Ghost of Girlfriends Past), the the comedy stars Jim Carrey as a businessman whose “professional side starts to unravel after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland.” The movie co-stars Carla Gugino, Ophelia Lovibond, Philip Baker Hall, Andrew Stewart-Jones, James Tupper, Clark Gregg, David Krumholtz and Angela Lansbury.
For me, Jim Carrey movies are begining to become a subgenre of wacky family comedies, and all of them feel the same. Mr. Popper’s Penguins seems no different. And yes, the trailer even includes a catchy pop song from pop culture past. Seems like the fulfilled the formula to the T. That said, I’ll probably still see the movie, if not in the theaters then on video, just for the penguins alone (even if they are partly CG). Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Posted on Friday, January 14th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
With nary a photo, poster or trailer in sight for Rupert Wyatt‘s Planet of the Apes prequel, Caesar: Rise of the Apes, word has come down that 20th Century Fox has moved the release date out of the super-crowded summer back to November 23.
So you’ll have to wait to Thanksgiving to watch the beginning of the end of the world with Andy Serkis as a CGI ape and humans James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox and Tom Felton.
Fox has shifted a lot of their other release dates too. Hit the jump for those changes. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 13th, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
Century Fox has released the first official photos from the upcoming film adaptation of the Newbery-winning children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins in today’s edition of USA Today. Directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Freaky Friday, Ghost of Girlfriends Past), the the comedy stars Jim Carrey as a businessman whose “professional side starts to unravel after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland.” The movie co-stars Carla Gugino, Ophelia Lovibond, Philip Baker Hall, Andrew Stewart-Jones, James Tupper, Clark Gregg, David Krumholtz and Angela Lansbury. Hit the jump to see the photos.
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Casting Notes: Eugene Levy in ‘Goon’; Angela Lansbury in ‘Mr. Popper’s Penuins’; Marianne Jean-Baptise in ‘Violet & Daisy’
Posted on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
In the race to make a hockey comedy the clear winner will be Goon, which stars Jay Baruchel and Seann William Scott. (Runner-up might be Kevin Smith’s Hit Somebody.) Goon is based on a script by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, which in turn was inspired by the book Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey Into Minor League Hockey. Now Eugene Levy is joining the cast as the film shoots in Winnipeg. We don’t know his role, but prepare to see a character that looks quite a lot like many other Eugene Levy characters. He’s good, but not a guy you hire when you’re trying to work out of the box.
The film is about ” a slacker and born brawler who’s invited to join a minor league hockey team. Persuaded by his best friend to accept the offer, he becomes the hero of the team — until the league’s reigning goon decides to take him down.” Liev Schreiber also stars. [Variety]
After the break, new talent for Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Violet & Daisy. Read More »
Casting Notes: Megan Fox in ‘Friends With Kids’; Clark Gregg in ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’; Johnny Galecki in Andrew Niccol’s Next
Posted on Monday, October 18th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
In her first big hire since Michael Bay decided not to ask her to return for Transformers 3, Megan Fox has scored a new gig. She’ll be in Jennifer Westfeldt‘s film Friends With Kids, which stars Westfeldt’s partner Jon Hamm.
The film also features Adam Scott and Kristen Wiig, and we now know that it “revolves around a pair of thirtysomething best friends who observe the toll that having kids has taken on the couples they know and resolve to bypass that stress by having a child and then date other people.” Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt will be one couple, Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig another, and Megan Fox will be a woman Mr. Scott’s character dates.
After the break, Andrew Niccol’s next gets another cast member, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins gets two. Read More »
Casting Bits: Alice Eve and Luke Evans Join John Cusack in ‘The Raven’; Philip Baker Hall Joins ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’
Posted on Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 by Adam Quigley
John Cusack will have company in The Raven, V For Vendetta director James McTeigue‘s fictionalized account of the final five “mysterious” days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life, but Jeremy Renner won’t be taking part. His schedule wouldn’t allow it, sadly, as he’s going to be off shooting the fourth Mission: Impossible. Stepping in for Renner is Luke Evans, a British actor who will fill the role of “a detective who partners with Poe (Cusack) to search for a serial killer who has kidnapped the author’s fiance and has gone on a murders spree that mimics the author’s work”.
Evans is a newcomer to Hollywood, but he’s had no trouble finding work. In a single year, he’s been cast as one of the titular musketeers in Paul W.S. Anderson’s 3D action-adventure adaptation of The Three Musketeers, as the thunder god Zeus in Tarsem’s Immortals, and alongside Jason Statham in the London-set serial killer thriller Blitz. Best case scenario: he’s an acting talent to be reckoned with, and filmmakers can’t resist his talent. Worst case scenario: the studios have found their next Sam Worthington.
After the break, Edgar Allan Poe gets a fiance, and Jim Carrey gets some financial support. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 by Russ Fischer
Briefly: Jim Carrey is starring in an adaptation of the childrens book Mr. Popper’s Penguins, which is set to shoot in New York. (Based on some photos I saw yesterday, the film may be shooting now, or very soon.) And now Carla Gugino has taken up a role in the picture.
Variety summarizes the film’s plot, slightly altered from that of the book (of course) as “Mr. Popper is a high-powered, New York buisnessman who suddenly inherits six penguins. Taking care of the animals is no easy matter, and he quickly hits major hurtles, both at home and at work. But along the way, he learns the value of family and friendship–human and otherwise.”
We don’t know Gugino’s role, but it is reasonable to expect she’ll be the female lead / love interest. Nice bump for Gugino if the film turns out well. Mark Waters is directing based on a script by Jared Stern, who rewrote the Sean Anders and John Morris script. There was a point where Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller were looking to make the film, but if you’re recalling that info, they’ve moved on.
Posted on Friday, August 20th, 2010 by Adam Quigley
Well this is unfortunate timing. On the same day news broke of a rather lame-sounding potential Jim Carrey vehicle, confirmation has arrived that he’s going to be starring in Mr. Popper’s Penguins, a needless modernization of the children’s-favorite 1938 book that was originally poised to reteam Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller.
Director Mark Waters, who’s filmography is decidedly mixed (high points: Mean Girls, The Spiderwick Chronicles; low points: Head Over Heels, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), will direct. Learn about how the film plans to depart from the original story after the break. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 by Russ Fischer
Fox is trying to figure out a strategy to put to work adapting Richard and Florence Atwater‘s WWII-era childrens’ book Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Earlier this year it looked for a moment like Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller might reunite post-Greenberg to make the film. But that didn’t work out and Fox has continued to look for talent.
Now there’s a report that pins two new names to the project: director Mark Waters (Freaky Friday) and Jim Carrey. Read More »