Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
Since Despicable Me, Illumination Entertainment has established itself as a go-to source for sturdy family entertainment. Their films may not reach the artistic heights of Pixar or Disney, but you can generally count on them to be perfectly pleasant and inoffensive, able to entertain the kids without annoying the parents.
Sing is Illumination’s first musical, but otherwise it’s cut from the same cloth as the company’s other films. While not especially deep, the combination of a star-studded cast and an equally star-studded music catalogue make for a fun time. It’s light and sweet and pretty as cotton candy, and it dissolves from memory just as quickly. Read More »
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Kingsman: The Secret Service was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2014, a wild reinvention of old school spy movie imagery that never spared the gore while ruthlessly satirizing just about anything remotely connected to modern politics and espionage. It’s a messy movie, but it’s the best kind of messy – it has so much on its plate and so many targets in its sights that it moves breathlessly from one bizarre idea to another.
And it had a high body count, with large swaths of the original cast not living to see the credits roll. And now, a long-simmering rumor associated with the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, has been seemingly confirmed: a certain dead character will somehow make it back for the sequel. This feels like the kind of reveal that will inevitably surface in a trailer, but proceed with caution and consider this a spoiler warning.
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The cast of Kingsman: The Golden Circle is already something special with Elton John making a rare turn as an actor. But the roster for the sequel just got a little sweeter with the addition of The Big Lebowski and True Grit star Jeff Bridges, and he even got his own teaser poster that is the perfect way to announce the addition of The Dude to the cast. In fact, the poster just might tease the role of Jeff Bridges in Kingsman 2. Read More »
Illumination Entertainment has a couple of new animated movies hitting theaters this year. The first is the animal adventure The Secret Life of Pets, arriving this summer. But just before Christmas, Illumination will get musical with Sing. In what is basically Zootopia meets American Idol, one koala (Matthew McConaughey) decides to put on a huge singing competition to save his theater, and some average animals with incredible pipes look at it as their opportunity for a better life. Of course, it’s all fueled by an endless array of popular songs from yesterday and today.
Watch the new Sing trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
UPDATED: Deadline is reporting Hail, Caesar! standout Alden Ehrenreich has emerged as the frontrunner for the Han Solo movie. Our original story from March 15, 2016 follows.
As the 2018 release date for Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s Han Solo spinoff inches ever closer, the list of potential leads has been getting smaller and smaller. The directors and studio Disney reportedly looked at thousands of young actors for the role, and as of earlier this year had started to narrow down the possibilities. Now they’re in the home stretch, as a final shortlist has emerged. Among those still in the running are Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!). Read More »
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If the Minions aren’t your cup of tea, then maybe you’ll be more interested in one of Illumination Entertainment’s other projects coming this year. The Secret Life of Pets is the next one from the animation studio arriving this summer, but just before Christmas this year, they also have the musically charged Sing.
Like many animated movies, this one takes place in a world where animals live like humans, and one koala has fallen on hard times, unable to keep his theaters up and running. So in a last ditch effort to keep the place alive, he decides to throw an epic singing competition, and some clips of the animals auditioning for the show have just debuted before the official teaser trailer arrives next week. Watch the Sing audition clips after the jump and prepare to tap your feet. Read More »
This weekend brings Super Bowl 50, and just as with every Super Bowl before it, advertisers will be pulling out all the stops to spend big bucks on commercials that millions will see. Even though there will be more than just hardcore sports fans watching, advertisers still know their audience. That’s why a new tease for the inspiring sports drama Eddie the Eagle, starring Kingsman: The Secret Service breakout actor Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, uses respected football players who caught an advance screening of the movie to help hype it up to the masses. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Kingsman: The Secret Service was one of the more pleasant surprises of 2014, a darkly comedic riff on spy movie archetypes that took a swing at every single possible target and still managed to become a surprise box office smash. We’ve known that a sequel was in the works for some time now, but now star Taron Egerton has spoken about the next film from the Sundance Film Festival, where his new movie, Eddie the Eagle, played as a secret screening. And if you thought the first Kingsman was gnarly and offensive and insane while being predominately set in a single country, he’s got news for you: part two is going international.
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Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
Jamie Foxx, last seen ferrying Quevenzhané Wallis around town in the Annie reboot, is preparing to take on another classic character. He’ll play the Little John to Taron Egerton‘s Robin Hood in the upcoming Robin Hood: Origins, which as you’ve probably gleaned from the title is the “gritty origin story in the vein of The Dark Knight” version of the classic English folk tale. Read More »