Jason Bateman Reveals Why He Dropped Out As Director Of The Upcoming ‘Clue’ Remake

If you haven’t watched the original Clue (released back in 1985) you need to change that. When it was released, it didn’t get the best of reviews from critics, but it has since become a cult classic. The humor/style was ahead of its time. I don’t think people “got it” back in the ’80s.

But now? It works. The humor holds up extremely well. It’s one of those movies you can watch over and over again. Just a bunch of great actors having fun together.

It was revealed recently that Ryan Reynolds wanted to make a remake of the film. And originally, Jason Bateman was set to direct this remake. You all know how I feel about remakes, but with Reynolds and Bateman on board…maybe there is hope?

Unfortunately, Bateman dropped out back in February, and now James Bobin is apparently in talks to direct.

So why did Bateman pull out? Well it wasn’t because he lost interest in the project, he just lost time. He talked to Collider recently about the decision…

[Clue is] something that we were getting very close to starting, but as it turned out something of that size takes much, much longer to do than what the seasonal hiatus was able to accommodate. It would have pushed back the start of this season too far. So unfortunately I had to step off of that.

But if it’s still around when Ozark is all wrapped up, I’d love to do it.

There you have it, folks. By the way, the latest season of Ozark just dropped on Netflix.

Upcoming Comedy ‘Game Night’ Is Surprisingly Getting Great Reviews From Critics

We know the world is focused on Black Panther right now, and rightfully so, but if you need a little break from the land of comic books, maybe you should check out Game Night.

The comedy film, which stars Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams and Kyle Chandler, is set to be released this weekend and it’s getting great reviews from critics. If you saw a trailer for the film a few weeks back and thought, “Oh. It looks like your typical blockbuster comedy,” you might want to think again.

Game Night had an early screening for critics last night in Hollywood, and the reviews coming out are extremely positive. It’s currently sitting at a solid 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and critics are saying if you watch this at a packed theater, you will not be disappointed because the laughter will be infectious.

Lindsey Bahr from the Associated Press wrote this in her review…

“A charismatic ensemble cast, a sharp script and a few well-placed twists make ‘Game Night’ one of the more enjoyable big studio comedies in recent memory. Attempting to explain why a comedy works is a kind of futile exercise, but this group of actors just works together. They have an easy chemistry with one another that resembles that sort of lived-in friendship that usually only comes across midway through the first season of a sitcom.”

And Sean O’Connell from CinemaBlend writes…

“Game Night doesn’t reinvent the comedy wheel, or push the envelope so far that it changes what’s allowed in a mainstream crowd-pleaser. Instead, it throws darts at the board with unflinching consistency and lands maybe 75 percent of its punchlines. At times, it cooks up shockingly funny and gross bits (the one with the bloody dog that’s shown in the trailer still gets huge laughs, even when you know it’s coming.)”

Basically, if you want to have a good time and laugh your a** off, then this movie will certainly do the trick. If you want to see the next Academy Award winner, well, you might want to wait until November.

Watch Jason Bateman And Rachel McAdams In The First Trailer For ‘Game Night’

Game Night doesn’t appear to be your typical blockbuster comedy. The film, which is attached to Warner Bros., stars Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams as a couple whose weekly game night gets spiced the f**k up when Bateman’s brother arranges a murder mystery that quickly gets out of hand.

It’s a mix between comedy/thriller/murder mystery, and we could not be more excited. The writer of the film, Mark Perez, was one of the writers of the 2006 comedy, Accepted. And while that might not mean much to most of you, Accepted is a guilty pleasure of mine. I think it deserves more credit than it gets.

In addition to Bateman and McAdams, Game Night will also star Sharon Horgan, Billy Magnussen, Kyle Chandler and Larmorne Morris. It’s scheduled to hit theaters March 2, 2018, and I think it’ll be worth your money.

Watch the trailer below and decide for yourself…

Check Out T.J. Miller And Jennifer Aniston In The First Trailer For ‘Office Christmas Party’

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Would you like another ensemble holiday film? No? Well, too freaking bad. Ensemble comedies are Hollywood’s version of socks for Christmas. No one really wants or needs them, but somehow they always end up on your feet.

Paramount Pictures will be providing the socks this year with the comedy Office Christmas Party. The first trailer was released today, and it honestly looks like the script just said, “Let’s hire a bunch of big stars, place them inside a huge office building and let them destroy sh-t for two hours. Also, throw in an animal using the restroom because that’s always funny.”

It makes me sad that I already hate this film because it has some talented people in it. T.J. Miller, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Kate McKinnon, etc. But still, we all know stuffing a movie with talent doesn’t always work. It’s like putting pizza, ice cream, grilled cheese, peanut butter & jelly and beer inside one pot. All those items work on their own, but things take a nasty turn when one side of your mouth is breaking down a slice of Swiss cheese while the other side bites down on some crunchy peanut butter.

Of course, I might just be in a bad mood right now. This film could be great. It’ll hit theaters December 9th. You can check out the synopsis and trailer below. Don’t let me ruin the party.

In OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, when the CEO tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, he and his Chief Technical Officer must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.

 

Movie Review: Zootopia – Earns Every Bit of the Critics Praise

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It’s very rare that you see a movie that manages to universally please critics the way the Zootopia has. I have to say I’m a bit surprised, as Disney’s latest effort earned its praise.

Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), a bunny, grows up on a carrot farm with her conventional parents and 225 bunny brothers and sisters. Showing large reserves of empathy and kindness, she springs into action when a bully turns aggressive in a schoolyard. Judy’s mother and father are taken aback when she decides to leave for the city to become a cop. At the police academy, this tiny rookie has trouble with physical prowess exercises but through her immense will power and wit eventually graduates at the top of her class. Eager to hit the streets and do her law-and-order thing, Judy is disappointed when Bogo (Idris Elba), police chief, orders her to hand out parking tickets. Still wanting to prove that she is better than any other rookie on the force, she writes 200 tickets before noon. Eventually, Judy gets the chance to shine when she’s allowed to investigate the mystery of a missing otter, with the help of conniving fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman).

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The unique storyline is both adorable and complex enough to create something new and fresh. This is not a premise I’ve seen before, that I can say for sure. Despite that, it works. It’s clever and cute and smart enough for adults to enjoy too.

The message is subtle, especially for a Disney film, in that it makes Judy’s abilities not about her strength or athleticism but instead her cleverness and determination. It’s a good message for kids that they don’t try to nail us over the head with.

Of course, it’s Disney so the computer generated animation is flawlessly executed and adorable. In that department, Disney rarely strikes out. It’s worth seeing in 3D, as it’s a good looking film with lots of creative and imaginative scenery.

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The creativity comes into play with the creation of Zootopia, the mammal centric city where predatory instincts are gone and animals live like humans. You can see a spark of Disney’s old school imaginative style in this film.

Also, it’s smart enough for adults to enjoy too. The screenplay writers threw in a few clever quips just for mom and dad, making this an animated feature that the whole family can enjoy.

This is a clear hit and a clear winner for Disney. This animated film has the intelligence to keep adults audiences watching, with all the same appeal of Disney for the kids, so they can also cash in on the merchandising. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that a film starring a bunny came out so close to Easter.

But Disney’s goal of world domination through movie revenues aside, this is a fantastic film that is sure to be fun for the whole family. I’d call this one an absolutely worth the watch, regardless  if you have children or not.

WE GIVE IT: 4.5 STARS!

four and a half stars

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Movie Review: Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) – It wasn’t Broke, They tried to Fix it and Failed

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I liked the original movie “Horrible Bosses”: but they didn’t seem to leave much room to make a sequel. Needless to say, I was curious as to how it was going to work out. While it hasn’t done as well as the original, Horrible Bosses 2 is doing well at the box office, though it’s not performing as well with critics.

In this story, our previous leads have invented something called the Shower Buddy. They form their own company, so they can be their own bosses and never have to deal with bad bosses again. They strike a deal with some unscrupulous distributors. When the deal goes sour, the three create an improbable kidnapping scheme (via 9 to 5) in order to take back their invention.

I’d say my biggest complaint was how far away they strayed from the original. Though exaggerated, the bosses in the original were actually bosses you could have. The bad guys in this one are complete caricatures of snake oil salesmen, and it’s pretty amazing that the three fall for their schemes.

Of course, that was accomplished by the three somehow dropping like 30 IQ points a piece since the last movie. The guys in the first movie were unlucky, but they weren’t stupid. The ones in this movie are complete idiots. The reason I liked the first movie so much was because I could say “hey, those guys remind me of me.” In this movie, they don’t remind me of anyone I’ve ever met.

In fact, they were so dumb it was nearly impossible to sympathize with them.

The office genre comedy is successful because there are so many office drones out there who feel the same way. Whether it’s tedious work, irritating coworkers or bosses that are more robot than human, we all feel like we’ve been there. Horrible Bosses 2 loses the magic of that, by turning these guys into business owners with a ridiculous invention, and then having them fail because they made a bad business decision.

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It’s much harder to sympathize with a character in one of these movies when they’re the ones making the mistakes. I mean, I’m a business owner. I would never work with a distributor without vetting them first…. or even talking to a lawyer. In this movie, the cause of the conflict was so completely unrealistic, and the characters changed so much, I could no longer empathize with them. I didn’t even care about them.

I had another problem with the movie and that was Jennifer Aniston’s character. While playing the foul mouthed sexual harassment vixen in the first movie, she was hilarious and hate-able. In this one, she does something that I think went way too far, when she pretty much sexually assaults a man who has been drugged. If the genders had been reversed, this would have been outrageously controversial and not a bit funny. I don’t care how pretty the aggressor is. If you’re going to make a joke about something like that, you better damn well be able to make it hilarious.

They didn’t

I have to say that I was disappointed by the sequel. In fact, I wish I had never seen it so I would still have the memory of the first good movie in my head. Now, that memory has been forever tarnished.

WE GAVE IT: 2.5 Stars

2.5 Stars
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Horrible Bosses 2 – Official Teaser Trailer Gets Released.

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The original movie was a sleeper for me. I didn’t know it was going to be that funny, I didn’t know that the chemistry of the cast was going to be that good, and I didn’t expect that Aniston was going to be that hot!

The trailer has been released for the 2nd installment and the 45 year old Aniston is back reprising her role as Dr. Julia Harris. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudekis will also be back and do you remember Dean ‘Motherf*****’ Jones?MST - 05JUL014 - 1

That was Jamie Foxx as the crime consultant.

The first Horrible Bosses has banked $209 Million to date. If the second one does half as good I will be considered a success.

Horrible Bosses 2 is scheduled to be released on November 26th.

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