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Remaking Private Benjamin is mostly a fine idea. The original was a hit, and to a degree so was the TV series it spun off, but it hasn’t been too culturally beloved in the past 20 years to warrant any outcries. And the premise is so simple — woman ill-suited for the military goes through hell at boot camp — that it’s easily done as a mostly in name only sort of redo. And that’s pretty much what New Line Cinema appears to be planning with the latest attempt at revisiting the 1980 comedy. According to The Tracking Board, horizontal running champion Rebel Wilson is now set to star in the role previously filled by Goldie Hawn. This time she’s a redneck who joins the Marines in order to escape “a tough situation,” as Variety adds. In Hawn’s version, she was tricked into joining after the death of her new husband and expected something more posh. Seriously, I saw it a bunch as a kid but can’t recall the exact details of what she was thinking. All the more reason it’s okay for a remake. Back then, women were not new to the U.S. military but they were rare, and in the ’70s the ranks were increasing. Plus it was a time of women’s liberation, so female cadets fit well with the gender-neutralizing era of feminist comedies and (the inverse) movies making fun of men as homemakers and stay at home fathers. How does the situation become relevant today? Well, in the last few […]

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Cloudy 2

There’s nothing we love more than a silly film packed to the gills with puns, and this week’s release, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, is crammed with enough food puns to effectively serve as the Thanksgiving dinner of animated films. It’s a smorgasbord of puns. A cornocupia of corny. A potpurri or portmanteaus. Basically, it looks silly as all get-out and we can’t wait to see it. Our (fine – my) embarrassing obsession with the foodimals of Cloudy 2 has been well-documented in this space, but that doesn’t mean that my hunger for the creatures has waned. Oh, no, it has only increased, it has only grown – I am starving for these damn things. It doesn’t hurt that the family-friendly film drops just before the big beasts of awards season come out to play, and it should prove to be a nice palate cleanser before we have to bite into some more beefy productions. Though the film reunites much of the talent from the first film, including Bill Hader and Anna Faris, and continues to story of Flint Lockwood and his many invention-based misadventures, the foodmials are poised to be the main course. So who do we want to meat (ahem, meet) the most? All of them. Or these five. (Please forgive me for being so corny, I really do love puns this much.)

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Ever been curious to see how many food puns you can take before losing all grasp on reality? Well, with six new posters debuting for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, you can finally test your limits of culinary wordplay. Peeking out from all the corners of the web, each poster features one of the film’s characters escaping from the clutches of a hungry food-imal (although it’s unclear whether a food-imal has the anatomy to actually consume a human being). Take a gander below to view the Hippotatomus, Tacodile Supreme, Double Bacon Cheespider, Watermelophant, Bananostrich, and a group of Pickles (whose name could seriously use a little punning up).

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Cloudy 2

“Pun-fet” was a bit too far to go, even for me. You’re welcome. You’re also welcome for this Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 trailer that is overflowing with food and animal jokes. Phil Lord and Chris Miller aren’t involved with the sequel, but this footage is fit for their pun dog. Fortunately, the voice cast of the original is back. Bill Hader returns as Flint Lockwood, who has to return to his old stomping grounds after discovering that his food-creating device has been spawning some deliciously bizarre new species. Plus, Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Samberg and more are sequelizing too. The bad news is that Mr. T isn’t back, but the good news is that Terry Crews has taken his place, so all is well. Nothing to cry about — as Crews reminds us in this trailer:

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While this first poster for the upcoming Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2isn’t quite as adorable as our first look at the project from last month, it certainly makes the many food-imals we will soon meet look…well, hungry. Just how weird is this film going to get? The sequel brings back Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) and his lovely lady Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) after the disaster of Swallow Falls and during Flint’s exciting new tenure at The Live Corp Company, run by his idol Chester V (Will Forte) and his “highly evolved orangutan with a human brain” Barb (Kristen Schaal). Of course, nothing can go quite right for Flint, and we soon learn that his FLDSMDFR machine is still running, and it’s kept itself busy making a number of different food-imals that just might destroy the world (deliciously and adorably). Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in 2D and 3D on September 27th. [Yahoo! Movies]

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Ellen Page

Ellen Page really had two breakout moments. Her first came in 2005 when she blew the doors off of Hard Candy, playing a lost little lamb with incredibly sharp teeth. The second came when she got teen pregnant as Juno and scored an Oscar. One introduced her to the cinephile world as someone to keep an eye on. The second — especially after her supporting role as Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand — secured her place with the larger public as a leading lady.  Now, after 15 years of acting experience, she wants to become a director. According to Deadline Hollywood, she’s found the project that will mark her transition. Miss Stevens will star Anna Faris as a teacher who doesn’t have her life together but learns some valuable lessons from the high school kids she chaperones to the state drama competition. If that sounds like a secular version of Sister Act 2 with theater instead of singing that’s because it also sounds like a hundred other movies. It’s a really common theme. The script comes from newcomer Julia Hart and will be produced by indie outlets Gilbert Films and Anonymous Content. So the hope is that Page brings a unique voice to an otherwise overused high concept. She’s had the opportunity to work with several different directors in her career, so it’ll be interesting if this turns out feeling more like Juno, more like Whip It or like a different beast altogether.

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For its first  sequel, the newly-minted Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs franchise has decided to take things in a slightly different (and tastier) direction. Instead of putting Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) and his lovely lady Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) back into harm’s (meatball’s?) way in another town besieged by giant food, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 has organically grown its fresh story, piling on to the logic of the first film in a clever new way. In the new film, Flint has joined The Live Corp Company, run by his idol Chester V (Will Forte) and his “highly evolved orangutan with a human brain” Barb (Kristen Schaal), and he’s happily working away, unaware that his disaster-prone FLDSMDFR machine is actually still running, and it’s evolved quite spectacularly. The FLDSMDFR is now churning out food-animal hybrids, food-imals, and as totally adorable as some of them may be (seriously, they’re cute), not all of them are just around to be squishy-cute (like the tacodiles probably!), and they’re taking over Flint’s island hometown of Swallow Falls. USA Today got the exclusive on some adorable new images (via ComingSoon) of some of the food-imals in the new film, which you can check out after the break. While they are all both cute and inventive, if we had to choose a favorite, it’s easily those pudgy, butter-tongued baked potato hippos (they are called, wait for it, Hippotatomus). Good God, those things are charming. There are also delicious looks at Bananostrich, Cantalope, […]

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Movie 43 Trailer

It’s been a really long time since a sketch anthology movie got released in theaters. I’m not some sort of human trivia machine, so I don’t know exactly how long, but let’s just say that it’s been quite a while since somebody showed somebody else their VHS copy of Kentucky Fried Movie in a college dorm room. The people at Relativity Media are making a big play at bringing the form back though, by recruiting an army of funny filmmakers and a legion of talented actors to put together a new sketch comedy anthology called Movie 43. Who do they have directing segments of this thing? People like Bob Odenkirk, James Gunn, Elizabeth Banks, Peter Farrelly, and tons others. Who’s starring? People like Halle Berry, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman, Richard Gere, Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman, and many more than can be typed without having your fingers cramp up. This movie cast Gerard Butler as its leprechaun, so you know it’s star-studded.

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Cloudy 2 Update

Get your eyes (plates?) ready to feast on a delicious new Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs sequel that’s apparently so tasty that almost all of its lead voice cast has returned for seconds. End food puns. Sony Pictures Animation has today announced, quite unsurprisingly, that the voice cast for Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers will include “Bill Hader as inventor Flint Lockwood; Anna Faris as brainy weather girl Sam Sparks; James Caan as Flint’s technophobic dad, Tim Lockwood; Andy Samberg as Swallow Falls’ local celebrity “Baby” Brent; Neil Patrick Harris as Steve the gummy bear-loving monkey; and Benjamin Bratt as Sam’s mild mannered cameraman Manny.” Joining the cast is Will Forte as “world-famous super-inventor” and head of the Live Corp Company Chester V (Forte played a background character named Joe Towne in the first film), Kristen Schaal as Chester’s talking orangutan Barb (essentially, she’s his Steve), and Terry Crews as local cop Earl (a role that was first played by Mr. T, who reportedly declined an offer to return). The film will return us to the trials and travails of young Flint as he continues on his quest to be recognized as the genius that he is, with his seemingly shutdown food machine back to haunt him.

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Sacha Baron Cohen is a bit of an odd duck. An understatement, true, but he’s an outlier as a lead in studio comedies because thus far, instead of receiving a script and playing a character, he’s been making features based on characters created for his short lived HBO show. From the appropriately titled Da Ali G Show, Baron Cohen’s alter egos Borat and Bruno sprang forth assaulting the minds, eyes and morals of moviegoers the world over in what were essentially feature-length sketch shows more so than films (though Borat does get extra credit for the Pam Anderson narrative thread). Cohen’s new studio comedy, The Dictator, represents a departure from his norm and thus a challenge. Despite his involvement in the writing process, this wasn’t a persona he was used to slipping in and out of for years. Moreover, this would supposedly be a film with a narrative, filled with Cohen’s trademark humor for sure, but an actual story with a beginning, middle and end. All that remained to be seen was whether or not Cohen could pull that off.

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If you’ve seen any of the other trailers for Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming comedy, The Dictator, then you already know what it’s all about. It mocks the absurdity of modern dictatorships, the ignorance of American jingoism, the douchiness of New York hipsters – and somehow it seems like it’s still going to tell a riches to rags story of personal growth and redemption. But to really get an idea of how far Cohen is going to be willing to go with his comedy, you have to take a look at the film’s newest red band trailer…

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They always say that the first year of being married is the hardest. So hard, in fact, that watching newlyweds suffer through things can be pretty fertile grounds for comedy. Or at least that’s the bet writer/director Dan Mazer (Dog Bites Man) is making with his new romantic comedy I Give It A Year. This one tells the story of a horribly mismatched couple trying to survive their first year together, and from the title and the cast announced so far, it would seem that it also heavily involves the couple’s skeptical friends. Prometheus actor Rafe Spall is already set to play the husband, and according to a report from Variety, Anna Faris has agreed to join the film as his wife. That isn’t the end of things as far as casting news goes, though. Margin Call’s Simon Baker and Bridesmaids’ Rose Byrne are also signed up to play what are described as “strong supporting characters.” Whether that term is to be taken figuratively or literally, it presumably points to the fact that they will be the principal actors’ naysaying friends.

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There is absolutely no satisfying way to explain and introduce Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked in a classic film review format, because of one major hurdle – it’s a film about singing chipmunks that get shipwrecked (sigh, chipwrecked) on a seemingly unpopulated island. It’s hard to believe this is a real film (it’s nearly impossible to also believe that it’s the third film in a franchise), and it’s even harder to attempt to talk about it in a critical and professional manner. But let’s try. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked opens with human moron Dave Seville (Jason Lee) and his six-pack of fuzzy (children? paychecks? vermin?) heading off on what is meant to be restful holiday cruise. Dave is understandably exhausted after spending years of his life raising six chipmunks – Alvin, Simon, Theodore, Brittany, Jeanette, and the other one – who are also international signing superstars. The seven of them plan to use the cruise to relax before hitting the International Music Awards (sort of like the MTV Video Music Awards, but somehow even less important), where the boys (Alvin and the Chipmunks, so much for Simon and Theodore’s name recognition) and the girls (The Chipettes, much more equal opportunity) will likely rack up a bevy of awards. Of course, the Chipmunks and the Chipettes ultimately get marooned on a tropical island, thanks to (shockingly!) a move by ol’ troublemaker Alvin, a plan so stupid that even these damn singing chipmunks should have realized the depth of their idiocy […]

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr is all giddy because apparently Joseph Gordon-Levitt has decided to copy his signature hairstyle. Undeterred by folks telling him Gordon-Levitt shaved his head to play the role in 50/50, Kevin tries to lobby other Hollywood actors to copy his image. Unfortunately, What’s Your Number? star Chris Evans refuses to grow a huge belly and Dream House star Daniel Craig just won’t latch onto Kevin’s charming American accent.

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Who doesn’t love cinema from the 80s? Aside from Cole Abaius I mean. The decade is a movie genre unto itself and filled with films that could have only been made in that very specific time. More than just about any other decade films from the 80s are instantly recognizable by their attitudes, wardrobes, and degree of female nudity. Luckily for those of us you who weren’t alive in the 80s Hollywood occasionally returns to the scene of the crime and makes a film that hopes to recapture that poppy magic. The most recent example is the ensemble comedy Take Me Home Tonight starring Topher Grace, Dan Fogler, Anna Faris (in a rare non-ditzy role), and the lovely Teresa Palmer. (Demetri Martin also steals every scene he’s in.) Take Me Home Tonight hit shelves today, and we’ve got three brand new DVDs to give away! How can you win? Simple… there were thousands of movies produced during the 1980s, but not all of them are perfect representatives of their time-frame. Tell us in the comment section below which 80s film is the most iconic of the decade and why. As always the contest is open to US residents only ages 18 and up. Be sure to leave an email address associated with your comment is correct as that’s how we’ll notify the winner. Contest ends July 25th! Good luck! The official synopsis and trailer are below.

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What is Movie News at Sunrise? Due to some site maintenance late last night, Movie News After Dark could not be completed before it was my bed time. So I’m up early to bring you its cousin, Movie News At Sunrise. This slightly less witty, marginally more tired column should serve as the perfect pinch-hitter just in time for your morning commute. Powered by a Chick-fil-a breakfast sandwich and a hope that spelling errors will be kept to a minimum at this ungodly hour, I am here to bring you the news. Director Sam Raimi has cast Rachel Weisz as an evil witch in Oz: The Great and Powerful. She will star opposite James Franco and alongside Mila Kunis. They will play Evanora and Theodora, respectively. Weisz’s Evanora, however, becomes the Wicked Witch of the East. Sadly, we all know how things work out for her. For Raimi, the remaining major character to be cast is Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams, Kate Beckinsale, Keira Knightley and Rebecca Hall are said to be on the shortlist. Hall sounds like an awesome choice, to me.

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In a way, it’s sort of sad to see the director of Ali G Indahouse and The Big White (that frozen corpse comedy) make a romantic comedy that’s so by the book they might as well have looped print pages through the projector. Anna Faris plays a woman scared to death of having sex with one more man because, gasp, a poll shows that 96% of women who sleep with 20+ people end up as old spinsters. But she wants true love! So let’s all play a game. See how many cliches you can spot while watching the trailer for What’s Your Number?:

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What is Movie News After Dark? It is a nightly movie news column that ain’t afraid of sharks. Just don’t tell any sharks that it said that, because they just don’t need to know about it. It’s also a movie news column that continues to unapologetically report on all things Michael Bay and Doctor Who. If you can’t handle that, there’s other stuff in here, too. Shark Night 3D is a real thing. So real with its bikini-clad Sarah Paxton almost within the grasp of a big ass angry fish. So real with Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis at the controls. Oh, who are we kidding? This is going to be ridiculous, bloody and one-step above porn. If we’re lucky.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr gets an added dose of tiger’s blood and Adonis DNA to make it through all the movie-watching he endures. He bats about .500 in his screenings, really liking some but struggling through others. After a visit to the wild west of Rango, he finds his fate adjusted by a mysterious fleet of men with stylish hats. Then, he realizes how ugly Number Four really is before staying out all night, drinking with Topher Grace and Teresa Palmer… who looks a lot like Number Six.

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What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?

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