Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Rush Formula 1 racing reached its most exciting and dangerous time in the ’60s and ’70s, and for a time the sport’s biggest stars were James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). The two men approached racing from completely different perspectives, with one in it for the fun and celebrity while the other appreciated its meticulous nature and the allure of being the actual best. Ron Howard hasn’t made a compelling film in well over a decade, and the last one that fully entertained was 1996’s Ransom. So yes, I’m more than a little surprised that his period piece about a sport that means nothing to me is a film that enthralls from the first scene and never lets up its grip. The acting and details are strong throughout, with Brühl in particular delivering the dramatic goods, but the racing drama is equally exciting. It’s a damn fine film, and it shows that Howard isn’t out of the picture just yet. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Featurettes, deleted scenes]

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is one of those rare sequels that is just as good as, if not better, than the original. And when you’re talking about following up an animated film written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, that’s meant to be very high praise indeed. Cloudy 2 will certainly appeal to children, but this is one of those animated films that have tons of jokes thrown in for adults as well. Plus you have Neil Patrick Harris back as single-word blurting monkey Steve, with an expanded vocabulary. What’s not to love? Our own Kate Erbland is obsessed with the movie, and you can read her predictions for favorite Foodimals from the film right here. We sat down with co-directors Kris Pearn and Cody Cameron to talk about the film, and working in modern-day animation amidst computers that seem poised to take over the world. Once Skynet realizes it can just replace everyone in our lives with animated duplicates, we’re all doomed. Read on for the full interview!

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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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With the mega popcorn movie season over we’re starting to see summer recap articles flooding in, and so far, most have painted summer 2013 as underwhelming or downright horrible. Maybe some of those writers just didn’t see White House Down. But, in general, this past season was packed with a variety of good-to-terrific options, from the likes of Frances Ha, Only God Forgives, and The Way, Way Back to The Great Gatsby, Fast & Furious 6, and This is the End. There were a lot of gratifying offerings. There were letdowns, too, but what summer doesn’t have a few disappointments? The same will go for this fall movie season, which, as of right now, is looking excellent. Here are 10 movies that should make going back to school, work, or whatever else you got going on a little more tolerable:

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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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It wouldn’t be a bad bet to wage that there’s no one walking around Comic-Con with more muscles than Terry Crews. I’ve spoken with Crews before over the phone, but interviewing him in person is considerably more emasculating. Not only because the guy is a mammoth of all things brawn, metal, and steel, but because Crews is a guy with charm out the wazoo. I think I could throw some of the meanest insults at the guy and still see a smile on his face. Or he could crush me with his pinky. I sat down with Crews at Comic-Con to discuss his work in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, the sequel to the 2009 animated surprise hit. Crews, playing officer Earl Deveraux, is filling in for Mr. T this time around, and while the actor said he had big shoes to fill, I’d say Mr. T couldn’t step into Crews’s boots.

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Have you seen Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the adorable 2009 animated film from the undeniably talented duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller? Of course you have. Not having seen it would be an atrocity. Seriously. Imagine, if you will, that the lords of cinema were gracious enough to grant us a sequel. A return to Swallow Falls in which Flint (Bill Hader), his beloved Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) and their ragtag group of supporting characters returned to the scene of the previous crime, where food had begun to evolve and turn sentient. A land of Shrimpanzees and Tacodiles. No, this isn’t a fever-dream for your inner child, it’s an actual Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Exactly the sort of thing this world needs, if you ask me.

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Alright, alright, Terry Crews‘ unabashed excitement over the upcoming Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 isn’t entirely inexplicable – the former football star (and apparent renaissance man) is lending his voice to the new production, taking over the role of tough cop Earl Devereaux from Mr. T – but damn if the man is not excited about this new sequel. Fortunately, we are too. In the new film, Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) and gal pal Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) return after the disaster of Swallow Falls, with Flint now employed 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). But while Flint and Sam have matured since we last saw them, they’re not the only ones, as Flint’s FLDSMDFR machine has also evolved, and it’s busy pumping out a number of different food-imals that threaten the entire world (and its taste buds). Crews’ favorite? The Sasquash. We’re still partial to the Wild Scallions. Check out Terry Crews, his swank smoking jacket, and a brand new look at Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 after the break.

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“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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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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