I love "Fantastic Mr. Fox!" And I equally love talking with Jason Schwartzman ("Rushmore," "The Darjeeling Limited"). He provides the voice of Ash, the son of Mr. Fox (George Clooney) and Mrs. Fox (Meryl Streep).
We talked about:
His involvement with the film
His character Ash
The moral of the story
How long did he work in the project
The secret of the production
Working with Wes Anderson in an animated setting
Here's more info about the film from Yahoo:
Cast and Credits
Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wallace Wolodarsky
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Produced by: Steven M. Rales, Arnon Milchan, Scott Rudin
Mr and Mrs Fox live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristopherson. But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Fox's wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped underground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers -- Boggis, Bunce and Bean -- who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr Fox at any cost.
Production Status: Released
Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Animation and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 28 min.
Release Date: November 13th, 2009 (limited); November 25th (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for action, smoking and slang humor.
Scott Rudin Productions, American Empirical Pictures
20th Century Fox Animation
Co-Financier: Regency Enterprises, Indian Paintbrush
U.S. Box Office: $557,678
Produced in: United States
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The vampire versus werewolf drama "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" wolfed down $140.7 million in its first three days. And that's just at the domestic box-office. Worldwide, the "Twilight" sequel based on Stephenie Meyer's novel opened with $118.1 million.
So far, the film has made $258.8 million total!
Here are some fun facts about the film's opening success:
*** "New Moon" doubled the $69.6 million opening of its predecessor, "Twilight"
*** The film is now third on the all-time domestic chart behind last year's $158.4 million opening of "The Dark Knight," and 2007's $151.1 million opening of "Spider-Man 3"
*** "New Moon" set an all-time high for opening day with $72.7 million, beating "The Dark Knight's" $67.2 million opening last year
*** Both "Twilight" and "New Moon" opened around the same weekend date, but the third film in the saga, "Eclipse," will arrive next summer, opening in June 30.
Thanks to "New Moon," Hollywood is enjoying a 59 percent increase of business compared to last year. (Take a look at my review of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" right here)
"The Blind Side" starring Sandra Bullock surprised everyone with its $34.5 million opening, placing the film firmly at No. 2. The film's higher-than-expected box-office take pushed previous weekend's winner, "2012," to No. 3.
The disaster flick took in $26.5 million raising its domestic total to $108.2 million. So far, "2012" has made $449.8 million worldwide. Sony has recouped its reported "2012" budget of $260 million.
Here's the estimated Top 10 Films at the box-office for weekend of Nov. 20th:
1. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," $140.7 million.
2. "The Blind Side," $34.5 million.
3. "2012," $26.5 million.
4. "Planet 51," $12.6 million.
5. "Disney's A Christmas Carol," $12.2 million.
6. "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," $11 million.
7. "The Men Who Stare at Goats," $2.8 million.
8. "Couples Retreat," $2 million.
9. "The Fourth Kind," $1.7 million.
10. "Law Abiding Citizen," $1.6 million.
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Forbes has announced its list of the 10 most overpaid stars in Hollywood! According to the magazine, "to create our list, we looked at the 100 biggest stars in Hollywood. To qualify, each actor had to have starred over the last five years in at least three movies that opened in more than 500 theaters."
They then "calculated a return-on-investment number for each star by dividing total operating income on the three films by the star's total compensation, including up-front salaries and earnings from DVD and TV sales."
Pretty scientific? Maybe, maybe not. But it's certainly interesting! To read the full article, click here, otherwise here's the Top 10 Most Overpaid Stars in Hollywood:
1. Will Ferrell -- "For every $1 Ferrell was paid, his films earned an average $3.29."
2. Ewan McGregor -- "For every $1 McGregor earned in a starring role his films brought in an average $3.75."
3. Billy Bob Thornton -- "For every $1 Thornton was paid, his films earned an average $4."
4. Eddie Murphy -- "For every $1 Murphy was paid, his films earned an average $4.43."
5. Ice Cube -- "For every $1 Ice Cube was paid, his films earned $4.77."
6. Tom Cruise -- "For every $1 Cruise was paid, his films earned and an average $7.18."
7. Drew Barrymore -- "For every $1 Barrymore was paid, her films earned an average $7.43."
8. Leonardo DiCaprio -- "For every $1 DiCaprio was paid, his movies earned an average $7.52."
9. Samuel Jackson -- "For every $1 Jackson was paid, his films earned an average $8.59."
10. Jim Carrey -- "For every $1 Carrey was paid, his films earned an average $8.62."
I have one quick question -- where's Adam Sandler?
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Yes, it's all about "Twilight" this weekend, but what about the other films? What I think of "The Blind Side" and "Planet 51"
There are four big movies in wide release this weekend. We have the Sandra Bullock starrer "The Blind Side," the animated film "Planet 51," "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," and of course, the inescapable "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."
"THE BLIND SIDE"
Based on the book by Michael Lewis, "The Blind Side" tells the remarkable true story of Michael Oher, a homeless, neglected African-American youngster from a broken home.
He's not that good in school, but he shows potential in sports.
Michael gets accepted at the Briarcrest Christian School because of the insistence of the school's football coach.
One cold night, a Christian family sees Michael walking with nowhere to go. That couple is the Touhys -- Leigh Anne played by Sandra Bullock and Sean played by Tim McGraw.
Together with their kids, Lily and SJ, the Touhys decide to begin taking care of Michael's needs. It's just the Christian thing to do.
Soon Michael improves his grades, becomes an all-American offensive left tackle and in the 2009 NFL draft, he gets selected by the Baltimore ravens. The Touhy's were there to share the moment with him.
If this film sounds too good to be true, well it is. But it's a true story and that's what makes this film a miracle.
Set in memphis, the film captures the whole Southern feeling -- the accent...the flavor...the attitude.
Sandra Bullock did a great job as a nice Christian lady and Tim McGraw matches Bullock bit by bit.
"The Blind Side" is funny, heartbreaking, and inspirational although director John Lee Hancock, who previously gave us another sports drama "The Rookie," uses some cliches in his storytelling.
But still, I applaud the film for not taking the easy way out of making fun of Christians or Republicans or right-winger stereotypes. The film shows that whatever your beliefs maybe, when it comes to doing the right thing, we're all equal. I love that about the film!
And for that, "The Blind Side" gets this film ain't blind kisses.
Disney/Pixar has spoiled us. Now, every time there's a new animated film not made by the studio, they're measure against the quality of the Pixar films.
It may be unfair, but it's a good barometer.
This year, there are some films that measured up. "Monsters vs. Aliens," "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," "Coraline," "9," heck, even "Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs" was good.
I cannot say the same thing for the bland and boring "Planet 51."
It's like "E.T." in reverse. American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker (voiced by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first person to step foot on it.
Of course he's not alone. He finds that this planet is inhabited by little green folks who are happily living in a white picket fence world. And they're afraid of one thing -- alien invaders!
Director Jorge Blanco and writer Joe Stillman created a creepy cocktail of sci-fi and fantasy cliches! I see this as a film that wants to be an allegory of our illegal immigrant alien problems, but by using unfunny setups like bodily functions, anal plugs (yeah, "Bruno"), and lame homosexual jokes (yeah, "Bruno" again!), "Planet 51" stops being funny in its first 10 minutes.
The film may have good visuals but that's it. Avoid this joyless movie. Or wait for it on cheap cable, not the on-demand kind.
"Planet 51" gets stay away from this planet kisses
My pick of the week is "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." Read my review right here.
And of course, click here to see my review of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."
Have fun at the movies!
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its list of the 10 animated short films. And they are:
•"The Cat Piano," Eddie White and Ari Gibson, directors (The People's Republic of Animation)
•"French Roast," Fabrice O. Joubert, director (Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films)
•"Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty," Nicky Phelan, director, and Darragh O'Connell, producer (Brown Bag Films)
•"The Kinematograph," Tomek Baginski, director-producer (Platige Image)
•"The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)," Javier Recio Gracia, director (Kandor Graphics and Green Moon)
•"Logorama," Nicolas Schmerkin, producer (Autour de Minuit)
•"A Matter of Loaf and Death," Nick Park, director (Aardman Animations Ltd.)
•"Partly Cloudy," Peter Sohn, director (Pixar Animation Studios)
•"Runaway," Cordell Barker, director (National Film Board of Canada)
•"Variete," Roelof van den Bergh, director (il Luster Productions)
The branch members will select five nominees among this list for the 82nd Academy Awards. Final nominations will be announced Tuesday, February 2nd.
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