In the American carbon copy, a poorly cast Vaughn is David Wozniak, a (theoretically) lovably unreliable meat delivery guy who learns he's fathered 533 children through a fertility clinic snafu. This is a fun little indie comedy premise.
Not only scene for scene but literally line for line — shot for shot, as the film majors say — The Delivery Man follows the Starbuck storyline. There's a trial pending in which certain among Wozniak's children want to know their father's identity. Against the bidding of his unlicensed family-man lawyer (Chris Pratt, one or two steps removed from his Andy Dwyer character on Parks and Rec) Wozniak randomly sets out to see his children and the people they've become — they're all young adults at this point.
Meanwhile, he's dealing with a girlfriend who's suddenly pregnant, an accumulation of debts to anonymous thugs, and the censures of his father and brothers who constantly plead with him to show up to work on time and generally grow the hell up.
The outlandish premise of both films ensures pre-programmed comedy, and the script provides layers of tenderness that Vince Vaughn works extremely hard to squash. The 6'6" smooth talking Wedding Crashers alum is just not right for this part. Have a look at the trailers for the French and American versions below:
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The film industry is booming in Cleveland.
This summer's shooting of "Captain America: Winter Soldier" was exciting to say the least. Parts of the city were shut down to film wild explosions and stunts, and A-list celebrities were spotted all over town.
The next installment in the classic "Ghostbusters" franchise
is scheduled to may begin filming right here in Cleveland this spring.
[Earlier this morning, WKYC reported that Cleveland had been named filming headquarters for the latest Ghostbusters installment, yet the Cleveland Film Commission and Sony have since declined to comment.
In May, however, actor Dan Aykroyd did tell ShortList.com that he and director Ivan Reitman would be meeting in Cleveland in June to discuss the movie, NewsNet5 reports.
“I’m going to be meeting Ivan on June 7 in Cleveland, which is exciting as it’s been on and off for a few years but we’re really looking at a solid script now," Aykroyd said.
It's still unclear whether this meeting means the film will definitely be using Cleveland as its backdrop.]
The Huffington Post reports that high caliber celebrities are being sought after for roles in "Ghostbusters 3." Hollywood darling Emma Stone and comedy king Jonah Hill are rumored to be top choices for roles.
Cleveland is becoming a top destination for the entertainment industry, which is good for star-spotting and great for the economy. It will also be awesome to see who makes it into the movie with a cameo in "Ghostbusters 3...."
Director Alan Taylor, a Game of Thrones alum like Morgenthau, had no choice but to relent.
Here's the thing about that body shot and the look and feel of Thor 2 in general: The movie is incredibly self-aware of its comic book parentage, and also aware of its unique role in the Marvel universe.
Visually, you can often compartmentalize the film's scenes into comic-book style boxes. The landscapes and set pieces here are big and bold, the stuff of medieval tableaus. There's an Asgardian nighttime funeral ceremony which is especially noteworthy in that regard.
The story itself takes a few pages out of Peter Jackson's playbook and basically does an impersonation of Lord of the Rings, most notably Fellowship's expository battle sequence accompanied by voice over, which feels like a shot-for-shot reproduction.
The bad guy is a nasty albino elf named Malaketh (Christopher Eccleston) who's been dormant in a spaceship for a while. When a convergence of the universe's nine worlds disrupt some great primordial balance and people and pigeons start accidentally apparating all over the various galaxies, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), on earth, stumbles upon Malaketh's secret weapon, a mercurial airborne elixir called Aether (The One Ring!) which imbues its master with untold power. Thor (Aragorn) comes to the rescue, takes Jane (Frodo) back to Asgard, and they try to destroy the Aether once and for all, with the help of Loki (Gollum), Kat Dennings and a British intern (Merry and Pippin?) and the wandering naked Stellan Skarsgard as loopy physicist Eric Selwig (Gandalf).
Thor remains the most comic of the Marvel franchises, which is to say that there are more quote unquote "jokes" in the script than in Iron Man or Captain America. It continues to mine the inherent humor in the "stranger in a strange land" model and get effective mileage from things like a fully suited Thor getting into a car or taking a Metro train. The jokes pile on and occasionally distract, but generally hit their marks.
It's a much better (and f nothing else, a more relaxed) attempt then the first messy Thor effort. And the charm hasn't yet worn off as it most certainly has with Iron Man. After Tony Stark's third ridiculous installment this summer, and the new ultra-solemn Superman attempt, not to mention the weird and boring Wolverine fiasco in Japan, it's nice to a see a superhero movie settle into a tone that makes sense — a KERPLOW and punchline approach reminiscent of comic books themselves. This is a good, goofy, gaudy summer movie, three months removed.
In other, really exciting, Thor-related news, a movie theater in Shanghai inadvertently used an image from homoerotic fan fiction for its Thor poster. Marvel can now expect huge box-office numbers from Shanghai.
Plenty of critics have pointed out the plot holes in the new romantic-comedy About Time, a film about a man (Harry Potter’s Domhnall Gleeson) who travels back in time to save his relationship with the woman (Rachel McAdams) he loves. We can't argue with those critics. Yes, more than a few inconsistencies mar the story line. But this smartly written and well-acted movie ultimately overcomes those limitations.
It’s often said that contemporary Hollywood films just aren't quite what they used to be- and that goes for the movie posters that accompany them.
Gone are the days of the classic one-sheet poster—you remember—so provocative, so handsome, that fans would often flock to flicks because of the artwork alone.
The hand drawn posters for hits like Pulp Fiction, Star Wars, and Planet of the Apes flourished throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s, fueling fandom and donning the walls of basements and dorm rooms alike.
But as the times ch-ch-changed, and the creative process shifted in favor of computerization, one-sheets fell out of vogue and were replaced by studio-generated posters, many of which merely sported celebrity headshots.
In the last several years, film fanatics have started taking matters into their own hands and have begun recreating posters from their favorite Hollywood hits, partly to bring back their beloved one-sheets and partly to revitalize the pop-art scene.
Apparently this new trend became such a phenomenon that local author Matthew Chojnacki decided to curate an entire book about it. His new work is titled "Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground."
And you know what? We were utterly blown away by it.
The first of its kind, Chojnacki's book features the work of 100 artists from over 20 countries, all of whom spent hours detailing brilliant new movie posters for their favorite classic Hollywood flicks. The artists used a whole slew of distinct styles- from minimalism, and "Mad" magazine-style cartooning, to hand drawings, and glow-in-the-dark paint- to create these masterpieces. Additionally, the book contains interviews with each artist about their posters, techniques, and favorite films.
We recently caught up with Chojnacki- he's from Lakewood and is a finance exec by day, a writer by night- and he offered to let us share some of the incredible pieces of artwork here on our site.
If you like what you see- and we're sure you will- you can buy Chojnacki's book locally at Music Saves and at the CLE Clothing Company, as well as on Amazon. He'll also be at the West 78th Street Studios on Dec. 14 and 15 for a signing.
30 Incredible Movie Poster Recreations From Your Favorite Hollywood Hits
While the film does have a similar premise- four best friends take on Vegas for one last bachelor bro-fest- and, yes, it drips with a familiar punchline predictability and the story line does revolve around the same three narrative peaks (women, booze, and women again), there is one glaring and critical difference between The Hangover and Last Vegas— age.
It's the six decade friendship between Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman), and Sam (Kevin Kline) that makes their jokes seem just a little bit funnier, their ball-busting jabs just a little bit meatier, and their various falling outs and reconciliations just a little bit more meaningful.
Because of their 58-year-bond, and the life experiences they've shared along the way, the entire film comes across as far more heartfelt than its 2009 schmucky counterpart.
In one particularly warming scene, the "Flatbush Four" share a bottle of scotch, stolen during their rug-rat days in 1950's Brooklyn. Billy's saved it all this time. Taking a swig, the boys realize the stuff is as flat and bushed as they've become, and they can't even finish their glasses. Turteltaub makes space for these small, but satisfying moments of acceptance, gratitude, and joie de vivre in a comedy that's fleked with Viagra jokes and creaky replacement hips.
The humor, for its part, goes just far enough to make audiences giggle over broad jokes, silly gags, and lazy coincidences, but it's really the charm of a dynamite cast, including the luminous Mary Steenburgen- playing the witty single mom turned Sin City performer, Diana, who beguiles the boys with a little age-appropriate flirting- that makes the movie sing.
Last Vegas, which opens in theaters everywhere tomorrow, is a genial little comedy that delivers to the young, old, and everyone in-between.
Based on the Orson Scott novel of the same name, Ender’s Game doesn't have much going for it. It's by-the-numbers sci-fi with a minor twist. This film, which opens area-wide on Friday, has been in the works for a decade as the script has gone through numerous rewrites; the final product isn't worth the wait.