The Playlist

Watch: The Minions Return To Announce 'Despicable Me 2' By Singing The Beach Boys

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • March 1, 2012 1:28 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Universal had a surprise smash hit in the summer of 2010 with "Despicable Me." Surely, the studio thought the film would do well, but it bowled over critics, won the hearts of audiences and climbed its way to over $540 million, thus making a sequel an inevitability.

Watch: Trailer For Razzie Record-Breaker Adam Sandler's 'That's My Boy' Co-Starring Andy Samberg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • March 1, 2012 1:05 PM
  • |
  • 6 Comments
Coming off of 2011 with the dubious distinction of earning a record-breaking 11 Razzie nominations, Adam Sandler just keeps motoring along, and this summer he'll try again to make you laugh by dropping some F-bombs and wearing a mullet in "That's My Boy."

James Bobin & Nicholas Stoller Sign On For 'Muppets' Sequel, Jason Segel Too Busy To Co-Write This Time

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • March 1, 2012 12:48 PM
  • |
  • 3 Comments
While the $153 million worldwide take for "The Muppets" probably was a bit below the numbers Disney were looking for with their franchise reboot, there are some things to note. Of all the Muppet movies so far, that film was the most financially successful at the box office, and on a purely creative/enjoyment level, we're not so sure any of the other films matched the wit and warmth that Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller brought to their take on the iconic characters. But either way, Disney is happy and the good news is that we're going to be seeing more of our felt-covered friends soon.

Watch: First Trailer For Tim Burton's Black & White Animated 'Frankenweenie'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • March 1, 2012 11:47 AM
  • |
  • 4 Comments
Well, this is a bit odd. If you're waiting for the first trailer for "Dark Shadows" -- due out in just a few short months -- today is not your lucky day, but not all is lost as Tim Burton fans do get a treat in the shape of a trailer for the director's Halloween offering, "Frankenweenie."

Paul Dano Explains His Process For 'Being Flynn,' Working With Robert De Niro & More

  • By John Lichman
  • |
  • March 1, 2012 10:59 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Paul Dano certainly has been lacking in talented on screen sparring partners, and over the years he's impressively shared screen time with Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood"), Steve Carell ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Tom Cruise ("Knight And Day") and Harrison Ford ("Cowboys And Aliens") but in "Being Flynn," he works with the most celebrated actor of them all: Robert De Niro. In the adaptation of the memoir "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City," Dano plays his son, long estranged from his father, who crosses paths with him at the homeless shelter where he works, forcing the pair to face their past.

Bruce Willis, Edward Norton & Tilda Swinton Feature In New Pics From Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • March 1, 2012 10:06 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Things are looking very promising for Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom." The director's return to live action filmmaking after the detour into animation with the delightful "Fantastic Mr. Fox," has already impressed with its first trailer that, while clearly being from somewhere very firmly within his usual wheelhouse, looks to be endearingly fresh and vibrant. It seems as if Anderson's directorial voice has been reborn. With a spring date looming, a few new pictures have dropped to tide you over until 'Kingdom' 's release.

Paul Weitz Talks The Title Change Of 'Being Flynn,' How Robert De Niro's Character Evokes Travis Bickle & More

  • By John Lichman
  • |
  • March 1, 2012 10:01 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Deconstructing the career of director Paul Weitz can be difficult, as he's never moved in a singular direction, going from comedies ("American Pie," "Little Fockers") to satire ("American Dreamz") to dramedy ("In Good Company," "About A Boy") to fantasy ("Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assisant"). His latest is the drama "Being Flynn," an adaptation of the celebrated memoir "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City" by Nick Flynn, that centers on a young man (Paul Dano) who works at various homeless shelters in Boston, and spots his estranged father (Robert De Niro) seeking a bed one night, leading him to face his past.

'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' Sequel Gets Title, New Look At 'Smurfs 2' Gives Away Film's Setting

  • By Drew Taylor
  • |
  • March 1, 2012 9:42 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Well, we guess they had to call it something. We already reported that Sony is moving full-steam ahead on a sequel to their 2009 adaptation of Judi and Ron Barrett's children's book "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," but would not utilize the storyline from the book's sequel, "Pickles to Pittsburgh." Hot shit "Horrible Bosses" writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were hired to write the script and while original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have moved on to live action (they directed next month's terrifically cartoony "21 Jump Street"), Sony substituted them with two story artists from the first film – Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. What it was going to be called remained a mystery… Until now. Thanks to a promo image provided to Coming Soon, everyone can now say hello to "Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers." Evocative.

William Friedkin's 'Killer Joe' Starring Matthew McConaughey & Emile Hirsch Gets NC-17 Rating

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • March 1, 2012 9:21 AM
  • |
  • 5 Comments
It seems the MPAA is still getting under everyone's skin. With controvery over the R-rating for The Weinstein Company's documentary "Bully" still brewing, the ratings board has dropped another eyebrow raising decision, stamping William Friedkin's deliciously dark "Killer Joe" with the dreaded NC-17 rating. 
More: Killer Joe

'Napolean Dynamite' Helmer Jared Hess To Direct 'The Pet' For Producer Scott Rudin

  • By Joe Cunningham
  • |
  • March 1, 2012 9:01 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments
Jared Hess, remember him? Well back in 2004 he was one of the hottest young directors on the block after the success of “Napoleon Dynamite,” which achieved almost instantaneous cult status and spawned a generation of kids who became inseperable from their "Vote For Pedro" t-shirts. His next project looked set to be a sure fire hit – a similarly quirky comedy, “Nacho Libre” -- only instead of the unknown Jon Heder, he had comedy titan Jack Black still riding the crest of the wave of success from “School of Rock” and “King Kong.” But the film opened to poor reviews, and despite a solid enough showing at the domestic box office, it flopped internationally. Following that up with “Gentleman Broncos” did him no good at all, and eventually Hess found himself back where he started – creating “Napoleon Dynamite – The Animated Series.”

Email Updates

Recent Comments